ROCKLAND/ROCKPORT — Midcoast Music Academy invites the public to celebrate its 10 years of music and community Sunday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. outdoors at the Waterworks Restaurant, 7 Lindsey St., Rockland. Musical performances by alumni and a fantastic faculty jam will be followed by a dance party featuring The Right Track.

Founded in 2012 in Rockland by Berklee College of Music alum Tom Ulichny, the contemporary music school has grown from a single instructor and lesson space, to an expanded studio space with beautiful ensemble rooms on Main Street in Rockland, to a bustling school building of its own in Rockport, with seven instructors and more than 170 students. A community music school to its very core, its students range in age from six to 76. In 2018, the school became a nonprofit charitable organization, allowing it to further bolster its scholarship program to meet the needs of the community.

Tom Ulichny (on drums) accompanies students at MCMA’s first recital at the Farnsworth in 2014. Photo by Scott Sell

Over the past 10 years, MCMA has been honored to include world-class teaching artists on its faculty. With a dedication to high-quality music education, MCMA’s mission is to harness the power of making music with and for others, regardless of financial constraint, through instruction, performance, and community programming. Music is a universal language, and MCMA values the opportunity to help all students achieve fluency in that language. To that end, they weave the fundamentals of music — theory, notation, and ear training — into all of their classes. This balance of fun and theory is at the heart of their work.

Among other shows, MCMA students have performed at Rock City Café, Rockland’s Summer Solstice Street Party, Blue in Portland, Bagaduce Music’s Young Composers Festival & Competition, Maine Academy of Modern Music’s MAMM Slam, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland’s Lobster Festival, countless school concerts and musicals, and have opened the North Atlantic Blues Festival each year since 2016.

Tickets for MCMA’s 10th Birthday Bash are $20 for adults and $12 for students, with a $100 family maximum. Pizza by Uproot Pie Co. will be available, as well as a cash bar by Waterworks. Tickets can be purchased in person at MCMA (821 Commercial St., Rockport), Graffam Brothers Seafood (211 Union St., Rockport), or Curator Consignment (383 Main St., Rockland); online at; or at the gate. For more information, email or call (207) 701-7410.

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